Kilayim, Chapter Four, Mishnah Six

 

Introduction

This mishnah deals with various formations of vines that either do or do not constitute a vineyard. 

 

Mishnah Six

1)      One who plants two [vines] opposite two [other vines], and one [other vine] forming a “tail”—behold this is a vineyard.

2)      Two [vines] opposite two [other vines], and one [other vine] in between, or two opposite two, and one in the middle, these are not a vineyard until there are two opposite two with one [other] forming a tail.

 

Explanation

Section one:  The easiest way to understand this mishnah is through a few simple illustrations (as you probably know by now, I don’t know how to make complicated illustrations, so the simple kind will have to suffice). 

The following set up of vines counts as a vineyard:

The bottom vine is the “tail” and hence we have here a vineyard.

Also the following set up will count as a vineyard, because again, the bottom vine counts as a tail:

 

 

Section two:  However, the following setups do not constitute vineyards:

                                                                       

 

Or this: 

 

In order for there to be a vineyard, there must be a tail at the end and not a single vine in the middle. 

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